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The UN is essential to ensuring accountability by member states for their human rights obligations and commitments. The UN is also a key platform for the development of international human rights laws and standards.

Amnesty International campaigns to put human rights violations on the UN agenda and makes recommendations for action by member states and UN institutions to protect human rights in all countries. Amnesty International also works to strengthen the effectiveness of the UN human rights machinery.

 

News and Updates

World's biggest arms traders promise global arms treaty

30 October 2009

The vast majority of governments – 153 in total - agreed a timetable to establish a "strong and robust" Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations on Friday.

Photo exhibition promotes Arms Trade Treaty at the UN

30 October 2009

A photo exhibition compiled and staged at the UN by the Control Arms Campaign aims to influence negotiations for an effective International Arms Trade Treaty.

Obama should follow UN lead on Cuba embargo

29 October 2009

In a record vote of the UN General Assembly, 187 countries said the US should end its embargo against Cuba

Taleban must immediately stop targeting civilians in Afghanistan

28 October 2009

Amnesty International has condemned the Taleban's attack on a guesthouse hosting staff from the United Nations in Kabul, that killed at least six civilian UN staff.

US Joins Arms Trade Treaty Talks, But At High Price

15 October 2009

NGOs welcome US support but warn that proposal to give every Member State veto power would weaken not strengthen future Treaty.

Video and Audio

Video: The Price of Silence global musical mosaic

10 December 2008

The Price of Silence is a global musical mosaic that powerfully delivers on the message that human rights begin at home and that people world-wide are united in figh

Video: Sixty years of human rights failure

27 May 2008

Amnesty International has challenged world leaders to apologize for six decades of human rights failure and re-commit themselves to deliver concrete improvements.

Video: How things could change

24 October 2008

How things could change if those who suffered violations of their Economic, Social and Cultural rights could get redress.